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HPE MSA (modular smart array), formerly HP StorageWorks MSA, is a series of storage appliances, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a product line built for a modest budget.Replication Win with HP StorageWorks MSAWe are using the MSA for disaster recovery. It holds all of our replication VMs and gives us the ability, with the help of VM software, to roll over to the replication cluster in order to bring our systems back up in the event of a disaster at our primary data center.,Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.,Since it is a spinning disk, it isn't as fast as flash storage,10,We have only been using the MSA for a year so we haven't seen our ROI yet, but we were able to get the same amount of storage on the MSA as Nimble for half the cost. The MSA is an upgrade to what we previously had. It is easy to administrate and you can set it and forget it.,HPE Nimble Storage,Adobe Acrobat DC, Microsoft Exchange, Scrutinizer,6,2,Replication Backup Disaster Recovery,Create a Mass repository for the storage instead of having to build out individual LUNs.,As a temporary production solution in the event of a disaster.,10HP Storageworks MSA - Good value choiceHP Storageworks MSA provides our company with affordable, flexible and reliable storage for our medium size systems. HP support and quality are good, and this decision has proven to be a good one for our users. Availability, scalability, and affordability are higher and reliability has been excellent.,Reliability - Very reliable. Great uptime and few issues. Affordability - Great price/quality balance. Scaleability, aimed at SMEs this serves our 400 server, 4000 user base, 50 TB storage well. Support - HP quick and effective to sort out issues.,Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us! Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.,8,Increased up time. Better user experience. Good value for money. ROI high. Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.,
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January 04, 2019

HPE MSA Review: "Replication Win with HP StorageWorks MSA"

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We are using the MSA for disaster recovery. It holds all of our replication VMs and gives us the ability, with the help of VM software, to roll over to the replication cluster in order to bring our systems back up in the event of a disaster at our primary data center.
  • Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
  • Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
  • All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
  • Since it is a spinning disk, it isn't as fast as flash storage
The MSA is perfect for Disaster Recovery, but I wouldn't advise using it for production. Production is best left to flash storage and not spinning disk. I think the MSA would be appropriate for a test or sandbox network for testing and training as well. The storage is cheap and it is functional.
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February 15, 2018

HPE MSA Review: "HP Storageworks MSA - Good value choice"

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HP Storageworks MSA provides our company with affordable, flexible and reliable storage for our medium size systems. HP support and quality are good, and this decision has proven to be a good one for our users. Availability, scalability, and affordability are higher and reliability has been excellent.
  • Reliability - Very reliable. Great uptime and few issues.
  • Affordability - Great price/quality balance.
  • Scaleability, aimed at SMEs this serves our 400 server, 4000 user base, 50 TB storage well.
  • Support - HP quick and effective to sort out issues.
  • Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us!
  • Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.
SME environments, those after quality and reliability. Price point is medium. Reliability better than the competition in our opinion.

Ideally suited for smaller IT teams, needs little technical skill once setup and running.

Start small and expand later, lands of options for increased storage space and configurations.

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HPE MSA (modular smart array), formerly HP StorageWorks MSA, is a series of storage appliances, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a product line built for a modest budget.

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